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ShelterBox USA Grows by 1000 Percent

Attracts Philadelphian Businessman as New Chair of Board

Lakewood Ranch, Fla. -- ShelterBox USA, an international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment immediately following a disaster worldwide, today announced Bill Decker as the new Chair of the Board of Directors at the close of its fiscal year June 30, where ShelterBox experienced a 1,000 percent increase in contributions.

The significant growth of the 10 million dollar organization has helped attract successful businessman, Bill Decker, president of The Hub, a corporate meetings and events company in Philadelphia. Decker will lead the organization to increase visibility of ShelterBox USA and their ability to serve more families affected by disasters worldwide.

Nonprofits today need to act more like businesses and see the opportunities for growth. Our vision of the organization is to shelter 500,000 people per year. Right now ShelterBox is halfway there, and I am confident that we now have the staff and leadership to reach our goal" said Decker.

Bill Decker, is a highly trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member for the past 3 years, he deployed to Haiti in 2010 and the Philippines in 2009 in response to natural disasters that left tens of thousands homeless. As President and COO of The Hub, state of the art corporate meeting and event centers in Philadelphia, Decker is also President of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and has served on the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Third Century Initiatives Board of Directors.

The impact of donations has put us in a strong position to significantly increase the number of people we can help" said Veronica Brandon Miller, executive director of ShelterBox USA. ShelterBox ensures donors that their philanthropic investment will be well managed and produce the promised result; ShelterBox has 10 years of successfully doing just that."

The aftermath of Haiti helped ShelterBox gain major visibility. As news spread, the organization expanded their reach and forged sustainable cause-marketing relationships with major players like Donna Karans Urban Zen Foundation, Lumber Liquidators, and others and saw donations soar.

Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Each box bears its own unique number so you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website.

Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation. For information or to make a contribution by phone, please call 941-907-6036.

About ShelterBox

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox ( has provided shelter and dignity following over 100 disasters in more than 70 countries, bringing the organization to the forefront of international disaster relief. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. In many cases, ShelterBoxes have made the difference between life and death.

Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.


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